Canopy Tours Founder, James Fitzgerald thought that ziplining would be a fun and exciting way to experience the native forest that we were so lucky to have on our doorstep, 7 years on, Canopy Tours has been named one of the best experiences New Zealand has to offer!
New Zealand prides ourselves on having a huge range of Eco tours. Eco tours are the opposite to standard mass commercial tourism and offer experiences that don't disturb natural areas and have a low impact on the environment. Conservation is extremely important in New Zealand and we are now working hard to preserve our native forests and animals. Eco Tour activities now have very a important role in educating and contributing to New Zealand's conservation. Rotorua Canopy Tours loves to educate and inform kiwis and visitors everything about native forests, eco tours and how you can contribute to conservation.
Photo: Native forest which is home to Rotorua Canopy Tours Eco tours
In the native forest where we take you on our Rotorua Canopy Eco Tours, there are many different forms and species of fungi you can find in-between trees, plants and on the canopy floor. Here are some of the fungi that can be found in the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve:
- Blue Mushroom
- Stink Horn Fungus
- Icicle Fungi
- Purple Coral Fungi
- Honey Fungus
One of the benefits of the Rotorua Canopy Tour is that you get the opportunity to see many types of fungi in the native forest. The blue mushroom is a type of fungi that is very eye catching and can be found in the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve. The Dansey Road Scenic Reserve is where Rotorua Canopy Tours take their customers on a eco-tour, ziplining through New Zealand native forest. The bright blue fungi is hard to miss on the forest floor so have a look out for it while you are on your Rotorua Canopy Tour.
Check out these 8 interesting facts about the blue fungi:
Treetop canopy tours took nearly 5 years from the spark of inspiration until the first customers came on one of our treetop canopy tours with us. Since then over 128,000 guests have enjoyed the magic of this native New Zealand forest.
So if you’re interested – here’s the story of how our zipline tours all began...
Treetop canopy walk and zipline tour - Want to find out how Rotorua Canopy Tours built the best treetop canopy walk and zipline tour in the world? Find out here everything about the build and what it took to be one of the best ziplining locations around the world.
Treetop canopy walk - from the beginning to the Ultimate Canopy Tour
Back in 2012 two university friends got together and decided to start a treetop canopy walk and zipline company. After months of research and planning they opened the first Rotorua Canopy Tours course - The Original Canopy Tour. The 3 hour Original Canopy Tour was a huge success with people visiting from all over the world - the company expanded into a new headquarters to house the influx of visitors and the increased number of staff. The Original Canopy Tour went on to winning national tourism awards, so in 2017 we decided it was time to build the best zipline course in the world - The Ultimate Canopy Tour. The Ultimate Canopy Tour has all the same fun things - ziplines, swing bridges and the most popular part of the tour - the conservation trail. But it has some very special features that make it what we think is the best zipline course in the world. It features a cliff face walk, a controlled descent, spiral staircase and a 400-meter zipline which is our longest ever zipline. The Ultimate Canopy Tour is just bigger, longer and even more spectacular!
Jackie and Robert van Dam are two guests who recently joined a Canopy Tour and did something truly amazing. They donated $2000.00 to our Canopy Conservation Trust, to put towards our pest eradication programme and to help us continue to maintain our slice of paradise! Have a look below at what encouraged them to donate.
Joining the tour:
Jackie and Rob were somewhat unsure of what their plans in Rotorua would be while on holiday. They stumbled across a Canopy Tours brochure and decided to do a little investigating. They "try to maintain an environmentally sustainable lifestyle so were attracted to a forest tour that enabled [them] to trek through the forest leaving minimal impact". There were however mixed feelings about spending three hours up so high, Jackie is scared of heights, while Rob was racing to go. Rob had already been canoeing and white-water rafting, so they compromised on the adrenaline and Canopy Conservation drawcards and decided it was something they could enjoy together.